Popular Non-Surgical Procedures During the New Year

With the COVID-19 pandemic expected to keep us socially distanced and confined well into the new year, plastic surgeons have taken aggressive measures to make their offices safe environments and establish protocols to allow patients to continue with many of their normal aesthetic procedures.

Here are the top non-surgical treatments you can expect to see more of in 2021.

Dermal Fillers (BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Juveau®/Newtox®)

Dermal fillers (e.g., Juvéderm®) and neurotoxins (e.g., BOTOX® and Juveau®) have been among the most popular dermal injectables used over the last decade and will be just as highly in demand in 2021.

Dr. Machida’s patients may choose between Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® for their rejuvenation treatments. Dr. Machida considers each patient’s aesthetic goals and unique anatomy before selecting the best filler or combination of dermal fillers.

BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Juveau® all derive from the botulinum toxin, but in far too tiny an amount to be risky to people. Their purpose is to relax specific muscles beneath the skin so they can no longer create frown lines, crow’s feet, brow furrows, or any other undesirable lines.

When enhancing your face’s natural beauty with BOTOX®, Dr. Machida relaxes specific muscles to remove lines and wrinkles, but without eliminating your ability to make facial expressions.

The goal is not to paralyze facial muscles, but rather to rebalance them and restore proper balance and expression, thus preserving your musculature’s three-dimensional anatomy.

At STC Plastic Surgery, Dr. Machida offers facial fillers and skin treatments known for their effectiveness. These include Bellafill, a cosmetic filler that can help you look younger and enjoy smoother, more beautiful skin.

Bellafill is a collagen-based dermal injectable containing a blend of polymethyl methacrylate microspheres and collagen. The injectable creates instant volume and lift and helps correct wrinkles and acne scar depressions. The results only get better over time, lasting for up to five years. Once injected, the microspheres promote smoother-looking skin, plump up soft tissue, and restore youthful facial volume.


Microneedling is a highly sought-after cosmetic procedure that can effectively and safely address a range of skin concerns, including acne scars, wrinkling, and even hyperpigmentation.

Dr. Machida’s deployment of microneedling involves using a handheld device equipped with tiny needles to systematically create hundreds of tiny micro-injuries in the skin. The microneedling process stimulates the body to produce collagen and elastin to heal these punctures, which tightens and smoothes the skin, thus reducing lines, wrinkles, and other blemishes.

The treatment creates excellent results on its own, but you may also choose to pair it with other skin care solutions or use it to boost results from surgical treatments like a facelift or neck lift. Microneedling can treat aging skin on the face and neck, plus anywhere else on your body you want to address wrinkles and scarring.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

The goal with laser technology is to stimulate cells deep within the skin and trigger the production of collagen, elastin, and other molecules. These are what gives skin its elasticity, firmness, healthy texture, and complexion. Fractional laser works by delivering small columns of energy into the skin. In doing so, the surrounding skin remains unharmed.

Scientists have discovered that delivering specific types of energy to these cells and molecules helps them regenerate and stimulates them to produce healthier amounts and forms of collagen, elastin, and other molecules.

Dr. Machida typically recommends laser resurfacing for patients who have:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Scarring from acne and other facial injuries
  • Sagging skin
  • Enlarged oil glands
  • Sun damage

Learn more about the popular non-surgical options offered in the new year by Dr. Brian K. Machida in Inland Empire, CA. Schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation online or by calling (909) 324-3305 today!